RAMPESTREKEN AND ROMSDALSTRAPPA AT ÅNDALSNES

Romsdalstrappa at Åndalsnes is a popular hiking-trail among locals and tourists. It is “mandatory” to have a stop for a selfie at the Rampestreken Viewpoint at 537 masl. Map to use: Romsdalsfjella Nord 1:50000.

From Rampestreken Viewpoint there is a great view towards Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord, towards Isterdalen Valley and Trollstigen and down to the Romsdalen Valley and Rauma River.

Visit Northwest

Visit Northwest is the official destination company for the Romsdalsfjord, Romsdal and Nordmøre area.

You get this view while you wait to go out at the Rampstreken viewpoint.
You get this view while you wait to go out at the Rampstreken viewpoint.

About season and other important information

GRADING – Challenging. ALTITUDE DIFFERENCE – This hike starts at approximately 20 masl (The foot of the mountain Nebba / Nesaksla at Åndalsnes). Highest point at approximately 537 masl (Rampestreken Viewpoint).

GUIDE – We recommend the use of a guide on the hike to Rampestreken.

SEASON – Mid June to Mid September, these are approximate dates that depends on the weather, temperature and the amount of snow in the mountains.

SAFETY IN THE MOUNTAINS – You should follow the Norwegian Mountain Code when hiking in Norway. It can change from summer and sunny weather to winter and frost in minutes! Always check the Weather Forecast before you go hiking. For safety reasons it is recommended to avoid hiking in Thunderstorms, in fog, in bad weather and when it is snow and ice on the trail and in the mountain! Always bring good clothes and hiking shoes. And have enough food and water in your rucksack.

NOTE – This is a long and demanding hike, there are several steep, narrow and exposed sections on this hike.

NOTE – Be aware that parts of the trail / stone stairs have steep sections. If you bring children, always keep them in a safe distance from the steep edges of the stone stairs as it is easy to stumble / fall in the steep sections. Best suited for older children who are used to hiking in the mountains since there are some steep passages with exposed surroundings.

Hike to Rampestreken Viewpoint

View from Rampestreken towards Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord.
View from Rampestreken towards Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord.

There are three ways to get to Rampestreken Viewpoint. If you start from Åndalsnes, you have to walk about 700 meters south from the center of Åndalsnes to the foot of the mountain Nebba / Nesaksla where the trail to Rampestreken starts. If you drive a car, you can park near where the trail starts. Keep in mind that the nearest car park may be full, but there are alternative car parks nearby. Look at the map at the bottom of the article, where parking spaces and the starting point of Rampestreken trail are marked.

View from Romsdalstrappa towards Isterdalen and the Rauma River. You can see Rampestreken below.
View from Romsdalstrappa towards Isterdalen and the Rauma River. You can see Rampestreken below.

1) You can hike upwards along Romsdalstrappa trail from Åndalsnes to Rampestreken Viewpoint at 537 meters above the Romsdalsfjord (1-2 hour trip each way, steep and heavy hike). From Rampestreken you can continue up to Mt Nesaksla at 715 masl and take the Romsdal Gondola down, or you can walk down the same trail as you walked up.

2) Take the Romsdal Gondola from the centre of Åndalsnes and up to Mt Nesaksla from where you can walk down the steep trail to Rampestreken. You can return up to Mt Nesaksla and take the gondola back down to Åndalsnes, or you can continue the hike down to Åndalsnes at Romsdalstrappa.

From Mt Nesaksla you have a fantastic view of Romsdalen.
From Mt Nesaksla you have a fantastic view of Romsdalen.

3) Rampestreken and Romsdalstrappa are part of the Romsdalseggen hike between Isfjorden and Åndalsnes in Romsdal. You can do the long hike along Romsdalseggen, and you will pass Rampestreken Viewpoint at the descend from Mt Nesaksla down Romsdalstrappa to Åndalsnes (this is a long and heavy hike). The descent from Mt Nesaksla is steep, but the trail is good and many intervals are stairs made of stones.

Romsdalstrappa is a popular hiking-trail. Note that there might be a long queue and therefore it it can take  some time to wait to get out on Rampestreken, sometimes more than two hours. The Romsdalstrappa trail is well marked.

Pictures and video from Romsdalstrappa and Rampestreken

The video and the pictures below are from a hike down Romsdalstrappa, from Mt Nesaksla via Rampestreken to Åndalsnes. The video and the pictures were taken before the Romsdal Gondola was built.

The Romsdal Gondola at Åndalsnes

FJORDS NORWAY - View from Eggen Restaurant at Mt Nesaksla towards Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord.
View from Eggen Restaurant at Mt Nesaksla towards Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord.

From fjord to mountain in four and a half minutes. From Eggen Restaurant at the top of Mt Nesaksla you have a fantastic view down to Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord.

The gondola goes from the fjord station at the center of Åndalsnes to the mountain station at Mt Nesaksla, 694 maf (meters above the fjord).

On the way up to the mountain station you have a fantastic view inwards to Isfjorden and the mountains behind, down to Åndalsnes and to the Romsdalsfjord. The mountain station is a great starting point for adventures in beautiful and wild nature. Season and opening hours; see Romsdalsgondolen Website.

FJORDS NORWAY - View from Eggen Restaurant at the top of Romsdalsgondolen. Photo: Eirik Heen
View from Eggen Restaurant at the top of Romsdalsgondolen. Photo: Eirik Heen

The Romsdalseggen hike

From Romsdalseggen there is a fantastic view down towards the Romsdalen valley.
From Romsdalseggen there is a fantastic view down towards the Romsdalen valley.

Romsdalseggen in Romsdal has in short time become one of the most popular hikes in Norway. The hike starts in the Vengedalen Valley in Isfjorden and ends in the city center of Åndalsnes.

The view from the Romsdalseggen ridge is fantastic, you can see mountains like Romsdalshorn, Vengetind and the Troll Wall (Trollveggen) around you.

You can see straight down to the Romsdalen Valley, and if you turn 180 degrees you will see the Romsdalsfjord and all the way out to the Atlantic Coast.

Romsdalseggen is a challenging hike. We recommend you to join a Guided Hike. Norsk Tindesenter at Åndalsnes organizes Guided Hikes over Romsdalseggen.

The prize is a fantastic view over the Romsdalen Valley and the Romsdalsfjord. From Romsdalseggen you can actually see all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.

FJORDS NORWAY - Romsdalseggen by the Romsdalsfjord
Romsdalseggen by the Romsdalsfjord

Åndalsnes – the “Hub” in the Romsdalsfjord

Åndalsnes, the alpine town by the Romsdalsfjord.
Åndalsnes, the alpine town by the Romsdalsfjord.

-Then he told him about Åndalsnes, a tiny settlement up in Romsdalen Valley, surrounded by high mountains which were so beautiful that his mother had always said that that was where God had started when He was creating the world, and that He had spent so long on Romsdalen that the rest of the world had to be done post-haste to be finished by Sunday. Jo Nesbø, The Bat

Åndalsnes is the “Hub” in Romsdal, and is situated in the middle of all the great things that is worth seeing and doing in the Romsdalsfjord area.

View towards Åndalsnes and Isfjorden from Klungnes.
View towards Åndalsnes and Isfjorden from Klungnes.

Åndalsnes is a great place to stay if you want to see and explore Trollstigen, Trollveggen, the Romsdal Gondola, the Rauma Railway and the Romsdalseggen mountain ridge.

Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord are well known places nearby. The road there, Geiranger – Trollstigen National Tourist Route, is an attraction in itself.

If you go westwards, you have the Atlantic Coast with the Atlantic Road, Ona Island with Ona Lighthouse, Bjørnsund and Midsundtrappene. Go North-East, and you will find the beautiful Eikesdal and the Mardalsfossen Waterfall, Aursjøvegen Mountainroad, and Litjdalen Valley. The cities of Ålesund, Molde and Kristiansund are nearby. 

FJORDS NORWAY - The Norwegian Mountaineering Centre at Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord.
The Norwegian Mountaineering Centre at Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord.

Travel green with Rauma Railway to and from Åndalsnes

FJORDS NORWAY - The Rauma Railway runs over the Kylling Bridge at Verma in Romsdalen.
The Rauma Railway runs over the Kylling Bridge at Verma in Romsdalen.

The Rauma Railway between Dombås and Åndalsnes is voted as Europe´s most scenic Rail Journey by Lonely Planet.

Take the train to the end-station Åndalsnes at one of Norways most spectacular railways. Tom Cruise used the Rauma Railway when filming Mission Impossible 7.

The Rauma Railway is one of the country’s most beautiful and wildest railway sections. It starts at Dombås and ends 114 kilometers further west, at Åndalsnes down by the Romsdalsfjord.

The area through which the Rauma Railway runs houses some of Norway’s most famous tourist attractions. Trollveggen, Romsdalshorn and Rauma Elv are the most famous.

Romsdalsfjord – What to See and Do

Litlefjellet in Romsdal.
Litlefjellet in Romsdal.

From snowy mountains to beautiful coastline of islands and reefs. Experience all this in one day due to the short distance from mountains to coast.

Trollstigen, The Troll Wall, Romsdalseggen, Rampestreken and Litlefjellet are great places to visit in the inner part of the Romsdalsfjord, where the fjord meets the spectacular and alpine Romsdal mountains.

Drive to the viewpoint Varden at 407 masl and take in the spectacular Molde Panoramic View towards the Romsdalsfjord and the 222 snowcapped mountains. Ona Island and Ona Lighthouse, The Atlantic Road and Midsundtrappene are attractions facing the Atlantic Ocean.

Travel green to Åndalsnes with Rauma Railway, a wild, beautiful and unique experience regardless of season. From Åndalsnes Railway Station, you can walk straight from the train and over to the Romsdal Gondola that takes you up to the city-mountain Mt Nesaksla and Eggen Restaurant.

From Mt Nesaksla you have a fantastic view towards Isfjorden, down to the Romsdalsfjord and up towards the Romsdalen Valley which you have just experienced from the train ride along the Rauma Railway. The Romsdalsfjord is located in the county of Møre og Romsdal, north in Western Norway.

Hotels and Accommodation at Åndalsnes and Romsdal

Grand Hotel at Åndalsnes
Frich´s Ekspress Hotel Åndalsnes
Aak Hotel in Romsdalen by Åndalsnes
Åndalsnes Vandrerhjem at Setnes at Veblungsnes
Åndalsnes Camping by Rauma River at Åndalsnes
Mjelva Camping at Mjelva at Åndalsnes
Soggebru Camping at Sogge at Åndalsnes
Trollstigen Resort at Sogge at Åndalsnes
Trollstigen Gjestegård og Camping in Isterdalen below Trollstigen
Trollveggen Camping by the Troll Wall in Romsdalen
Accommodation in Isfjorden

Åndalsnes and Romsdal – Useful Links

Online Booking Romsdalseggen Bus
Romsdal.com – Hiking Guide to the mountains in Romsdal
Norsk Tindesenter at Åndalsnes
Fjords.com – Åndalsnes in Romsdal
Fjords.com – Trollstigen in Romsdal
Fjords.com – The Romsdalsfjord
Fjords.com – Romsdalseggen
Fjords.com – Romsdal Gondola
Fjords.com – Rauma Railway

 

HOTELS - LINKS - FAQ

Here you will find an overview of recommended HOTELS in addition to SPA & BATH HOTELS and OTHER ACCOMMODATION PLACES in Western Norway. The combination of beautiful nature, activities that you can do in all four seasons and a stay at a great accommodation is unique. A stay in one of these places will do you good, both for body and mind.

There are ten restaurants that have awarded Michelin stars and Michelin awards in Western Norway. Eight of the Michelin restaurants are in Stavanger and two in Bergen. Here you will find FJORDS MICHELIN, where you will also find a list of recommended hotels in Western Norway, recommended by Michelin.

USEFUL LINKS is a list of websites with great information on Norway and the Fjords. FAQ is an overview of articles that answer the most common questions you have when planning to visit the fjords in Western Norway.

Rampestreken, Romsdalseggen and Litlefjellet – Map Overview